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Ryan Latterman

Ryan Latterman Ryan Latterman Chemistry Assistant Professor Email: ryan.latterman@wlc.edu Phone: 414.443.8909

Ryan Latterman


  • Ph.D., Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, Chemistry
  • B.A., Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, Chemistry and Business Administration


I started at WLC in the fall of 2017 after spending 6-1/2 years in Montana for graduate school and a post-doctoral research position. I loved the mountains but I also love the city and being part of a more urban community.

My educational background is broad, ranging from business administration, organic photonic materials, heavy metal waste research, and most recently studying the effects of nanoparticles on E. Coli. I’ve always been interested in a multitude of topics, which is why I think I was drawn to studying and teaching chemistry. The word “chemistry” may sound intimidating and specific to many students, but in reality it’s a topic that ties every other scientific discipline together and allows us to explore and explain the world around us. My main goal as a teacher is to help my students explore, explain, and be amazed by things they might have never thought about before.

Outside of chemistry, I enjoy a variety of hobbies including photography (especially capturing stars at night!), tennis, cooking, camping, board and video games, disc golf, and playing guitar. Don’t be surprised to find my hobbies intersecting with my lectures in the classroom!


  • General Chemistry 1/2 and Lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
  • Biochemistry 1 and Lab
  • Environmental Science Lecture and Lab
  • Organic Chemistry 2 Lecture and Lab

Research Interests

  • My first research project at WLC involved the synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles to study their effects on E. Coli bacteria
  • In the future, I’d like to start projects involving organic synthesis of dye molecules. These compounds, besides being very pretty in their colors, have many technological applications that involve their interactions with light
  • I would also like to continue to explore research from my post-doctoral experience at the University of Montana where we made magnetic particles that could clean dissolved metals (like copper) out of mining waste water
  • Recently, we acquired an advanced 3-D printer that is being used for a variety of disciplines, including chemistry, biology, exercise science, and more!

Recent Publications

Core-shell Fe-SiO2-polyamine magnetic nanoparticles for metal recovery using a continuous flow pipeline reactor, 2018, Pure and Applied Chemistry - The Scientific Journal of IUPAChttps://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2017-1003

Improved Pulsed Laser Operation with Engineered Nanomaterials, 2016, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


  • Member of the WLC Assessment Committee

Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society